LANSING (WKZO) -- The republican majorities in both the State House and Senate have approved a measure sponsored by Right to Life that will require that women get a separate rider on their health insurance if they want abortions covered by their policies.
Because it was a petition initiative, it doesn’t need the governor’s signature and he can’t veto it so it will take effect in 90 days..
Speaker Jase Bolger says it was a very emotional debate and each lawmaker had to vote their conscience. He talked to his wife and daughters to help him make up his mind.
Representative Margaret O’Brien insists that it’s not an attack on women. That contraception and access to abortion will not change.
But Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer and other Democratic lawmakers say it is an attack on women, and one that should be repealed.
It won’t cover women in case of rape, only when the woman’s life is in danger.
Kalamazoo Rep. Sean McCann says “With an unemployment rate of 9% and struggling public schools, the Michigan legislature should be laser-focused on jobs and education, not spending time on divisive social issues driven by narrow special interests.”